Erica James by Erica James
Three Great Novels 3 : Precious Time, Hidden Talents, Paradise House

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PRECIOUS TIMES - Clara Costello trades in her ordinary life for a camper van and the chance to go on a magical mystery tour of the English countryside with her four-year-old son, Ned. But on a reaching a small town in the Peak District, Clara and Ned become drawn into local life and realise there are to be more twists and turns to their voyage of discovery than they'd thought. HIDDEN TALENTS - From the outside, the members of the Hidden Talents creative writers group seem like an unlikely mixture. Yet despite their different lives, they all share a need to escape, and a desire to keep their lives private. Gradually, as their writing draws them together, friendships blossom, and they come to realise that a little openness might not be such a bad thing. PARADISE HOUSE - Angel Sands is an idyllic seaside resort, nestled into the Pembrokeshire coastline, and Paradise House, the family-run B&B, is at its heart. But the Baxter family is in trouble. With her mother taking time out to find herself, Genevieve Baxter realises it's down to her to take over - but it turns out looking after her father and sisters may well prove trickier than looking after the guests. Then, when a mystery buyer takes over a dilapidated barn nearby, it seems Genevieve has a journey of her own ahead - a bittersweet trip down memory lane.

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With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion.The author of many bestselling novels, including GARDENS OF DELIGHT, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, SUMMER AT THE LAKE and THE DANDELION YEARS, Erica now divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting
Published January 1, 2005 by Orion. 928 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction